The “Kriminologisches Journal” (KrimJ) is a quarterly scientific journal which is published by Beltz-Juventa. The journal features original scientific articles, discussion papers, practice and research reports on criminological theory and practice in German and English language. The thematic focus is on critical approaches to the structures and measures of social control bodies. All manuscripts undergo selective editorial and peer-review assessment prior to acceptance for publication. The peer-review process is strictly anonymous.

The “Kriminologisches Journal” is available both in print and online. Single issues and subscriptions are available at Beltz Juventa.

Issue 4/2018


Issue 4/2018











Special Contributions in celebration of 50 years Kriminologisches Journal


Kriminalität als Konflikt (German)

Crime as conflict

Johannes Stehr

This paper investigates the relevance of conflict theory for critical criminology and abolitionism. The productivity of critical research of everyday life is examined. Thus, crime understood as conflict allows to bring conditions and possibilities of a reappropriation of conflicts to the fore, which is of particular relevance in the present context of populist policies and state punishment.


Elitäre sekte. Zur Rezeption der interaktionstheoretisch orientierten Devianz- und Kriminalsoziologie (German)

An elitist sect. The reception of the interactionist sociology of deviance and crimes

Helge Peters

This essay investigates how the interactionist sociology of deviance and crime (iSDC) is received by the major german sociological journals. It will be shown that these journals do not take note of the iSDC between 2013 and 2016. In the years 1979 to 1982, however, they do. It will be further shown that in the years 2013 to 2016 the journal Soziale Probleme does not take note of the iSDC. It is assumed that the reception of the iSDC is socially risky - particularly if it is about violence.

Full paper

Panische Züge: Die Skandalisierung von Gewalt in Computerspielen als Spielzug in Aufmerksamkeitsökonomien (German)

Panic moves: Scandalizing violence in video games as a strategy in attention economies

Michael Dellwing

In this article, I will analyze the narratives that have solidified around the alleged connection between computer games and violence. Even though the relevant disciplines in the field - e.g., Media- and Cultural Studies, Game Studies - have long abandoned this connection, debates in public arenas, media, and education, hold on to the image of games as dangerous. This article will first note the structure of the narrative of games-as-danger to then note the consequence of such narratives: they serve as currency in attention economies, where they can generate success for games, but in the process harm those who play them, especially when they find themselves in structurally disadvantaged positions vulnerable to institutional power.

Discussion Paper

Polizeiliche Maßnahmen gegen Hells Angels und andere „Out-law Motorcycle Gangs“ (OMCG) – Inszenierte Repression am Rande der Legalität? (German)

Policing Hells Angels and other “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs” (OMCG) – Staged Repression on the Edge of Legality?

Thomas Feltes and Paul Reiners

The article focuses on police and administrative measures against members of outlaw motorcycle clubs (OMCG) such as the Hells Angels in Germany. The state office of criminal investigation of Baden-Württemberg and EUROPOL justify these measurements in internal reports. We argue, however, that these documents cannot be used on a rational basis for decisions in administrative law, police law, nor for judicial trials. The reports are rather guided by interest-led compositions, with which staged repression is legitimized and a symbolic prosecution policy is supported. Members of rocker groups like the Hells Angels are utilised to distract from the shortcomings in the prosecution of organised crime.


Conference Reports

"Counter-/Narratives of Punishment and Criminal Justice", University of Siegen, 21.-23. June 2018 (Schirmer)


Book reviews

Stephen Quensel: Ketzer, Kreuzzüge, Inquisition. Die Vernichtun der Katharer und Hexen, Satan, Inquisition. Die Erfindung des Hexen-Problems (Hess)

Stephan Quensel: Irre, Anstalt, Therapie. Der Psychiatrie-Komplex (Lutz)

Veronika Hofinger: Die Konstruktion des Rückfalltäters. Von Lombroso bis zu den Neurowissenschaften (Wehrheim)




Open-Access publications

Open Access publications

From issue 1/2022 onwards all English-language papers published in the Kriminologisches Journals will be made available as open access papers. The papers can be downloaded from the publisher's homepage or via content-select. Additionally the download links can be found if you click on the respective issues.

German papers can also be published via open access within the framework of the usual conditions of our publisher Beltz Juventa.

Changes on the Editorial Board

New editors-in-chief of the Kriminologisches Journal

As of Issue 2/2021the position of editor-in-chief passed over from Meropi Tzanetakis to Christine Graebsch and Jens Puschke.

Drugs and Digital Technologies

Call for Abstracts for a special issue of the KrimJ

Illicit drug markets are undergoing a significant transformation: digital technologies have a profound influence on how illicit drugs are accessed, and they have also changed information- sharing about drugs. In addition, the proliferation of information and communication technologies has changed law enforcement activity. Digitalisation also comes with rapid changes in communicative environments across time and geographic location. While online forums and other internet resources have massively increased the amount of available information and discourse on psychoactive substances for more than two decades, mobile phones, encrypted platforms, cryptocurrencies, social media and messaging applications have recently diversified the ways in which illicit drugs are distributed. This diversity includes hybrid forms of distribution, e.g. using social media applications to make physical appointments.


New Editorial Board

New Editors of the Kriminologisches Journal

As of January 1st 2021 the Editorial Board of the Kriminologisches Journal consists of Prof. Dr. Jens Puschke LL.M, Dr. Meropi Tzanetakis, Dr. Simon Egbert, Prof. Dr. Christine Graebsch, Prof. Dr. Dörte Negnal und Dr. Bernd Werse.